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Fitness Training - How Do Your Muscles Feel?

Author: Andrew Poletto

For the people that have never worked out and decided to start, they don\'t know what they are in for! But, I will give some indication as to what to be ready for. Whether you\'re in it to gain muscle or to get toned, you have to realize how your muscles will feel when you start working out.

The main thing one has to realize is that when you work out, you use muscles in a way you probably don\'t do every day. When this happens, the muscles say \"hey, what in the world just happened? I\'m not used to doing that movement. Guess I\'ll have to start adapting.\"

Yes, you\'ll feel tired when you\'re doing with the workout, but the real \"soreness\" may not happen for a day or two after you do the workout. This \"soreness\" is commonly referred to as \"DOMS\", which stands for: Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. If you\'ve experienced this, you\'ll know that it\'s a good soreness, as I like to call it. This is what you WANT to feel after a workout.

Once a new person experiences this feeling, they don\'t like it (because it\'s so different) and therefore, they may feel they did something wrong with the exercise and decided to stop working out.

My advice is to NOT STOP working out! The DOMS are what you WANT to feel! Now, just so you know, one thing you do NOT want to do is repeat that exercise the next day. Heck you may want to wait 3 or 4 days to repeat that exercise. Instead, do something else, work out another part of the body or another muscle group.

Your goal, as a new workout person, is to achieve this DOMS feeling with every workout. No I\'m not crazy, I\'m just telling you like it is. I personally like it what I get DOMS, it tells me I\'m doing something right for my body.

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